White House Refuses to Release Email From Monsanto-Linked Lobbyist
For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Genetic Engineering page , Millions Against Monsanto page , and our Politics and Democracy page . The White House is withholding documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by an environmental group that suspects the Obama administration of working with Monsanto-linked lobbyists to defend the planting of genetically engineered (GE) crops in wildlife refuges across the country. The information currently being withheld includes a portion of a January 2011 email that a top White House policy analyst received from a lobbyist with the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), which represents GE seed companies such as Monsanto and Syngenta. According to legal filings, the White House withheld the portion of the email because it accidentally contained information on BIO's lobbying strategy that, i...